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The Drum

Twitter tests a Facebook-style redesign and man cashes in on Flappy Bird's demise

It's social media, minus the irritating hashtags. Iona St Joseph cuts through the clutter to bring you a weekly update on the social stories you need to know. A trained journalist, Iona manages the social team at 10 Yetis' dedicated division, A Social Media Agency. You can follow her daily musings and opinions on Twitter @ionastjoseph.

Twitter redesign

There’s a lot of timeline chat happening at the moment, after it was revealed that Twitter is testing a MAJOR profile redesign that looks a lot like Facebook/Google+/Pinterest (select whichever one you think it looks most like).

The main bio looks like it’s going to be scaled across to the left, and the header photo is going to be made even bigger. Twitter’s new newsfeed redesign will be the first time the site has moved away from its original signature look, with greater emphasis on photos and content cards.This news comes not long after it rolled out a new design to reflect the way information was displayed on mobile. After years of Facebook copying Twitter’s best bits (the hashtag, trending topics etc.) it would seem that Twitter is now taking what it is owed and creating a Facebook-themed newsfeed.I wonder if it has something to do with the fact that Twitter’s new user numbers have gone down dramatically, while Facebook released big profits at the end of Q4 2013. The complaints will be the same though, so if this is rolled out as a permanent change, we will see the inevitable onslaught of hate towards Twitter’s new design.#askkatie Q&AThe Internet’s most hated character right now is Katie Hopkins, so obviously when it was announced that she was going to be doing a Twitter Q&A, the people of the world wide web stepped up to the plate.Whilst some of the tweets just equated to plain old abuse, there were some absolute corkers. Man cashes in on Flappy Bird's demiseFollowing Flappy Bird’s abrupt removal from the App Store, a number of people have attempted to make some money from it by selling their second hand iPhones on eBay with the app installed.However, after discovering that all phones need to be restored to factory settings before they can be sold on eBay, Jeff Nelson decided that he would rent out his phone for $1 per minute so people can feed their Flappy Bird addiction.Having not succumbed to its wiley ways, I never felt compelled to download Flappy Bird, and now I have missed out on being part of a phenomenon. Between that and not having done a #neknomination I really have absolutely no authority to be writing this article in the first place. Police use PinterestA California police department has announced that it is using Pinterest to match stolen property that has been recovered by its officers to their rightful owners. The ‘Recovered Property’ board features a wide range of items looking to be returned to their owners, from jewellery to bikes to old coins. Apparently it is already having success with the site, as by the end of Monday’s launch, three victims had identified stolen property that belonged to them from the pictures on Pinterest.I think this is an excellent use of social media, and even if you’re not a regular user of the site, it’s still easy enough just to pop online and have a look.